goof off | goof around

This page is about the slang term goof off | goof around

American English


waste time, play around

For example

  • Whenever the teacher leaves the classroom she tells her students to keep working, but as soon as she leaves they start goofing off.

  • It's the kids who goof around in college instead of taking their studies seriously who'll be in trouble when they try to join the workforce.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

On the weekend, my son goofs off with his friends. They

a. study hard

b. work part-time

c. play computer games
a) study hard b) work part-time c) play computer games

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Contributor: Matt Errey